Paris ISD's amendment request on alcohol ordinance approved

PARIS, TX -- Future bars or restaurants looking to serve alcohol will have to find a building a little further away from Paris I.S.D. schools after Monday's council meeting.

The council unanimously approved Paris I.S.D.'s request to extend the zone prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of any campus. The city ordinance previously stated 300 feet.

"It's just a part of our reassurance to the parents that we are doing what we can to make your environment for your students safe and for you to have a peace of mind at home," said Paris I.S.D. Superintendent Paul Jones.

Many parents agreed with the amendment and believe it will create a safer school zone.

"Our kids already have to much negative influence on TV or the computer or anything of that nature," said Paris I.S.D. parent Elvin Weekly Sr.

"There is some people that take advantage of drinking alcohol while at a restaurant," said Paris I.S.D. parent Terri Fowler. "If you're going into the restaurant and you're having to drive through a school zone while parents are picking up kids it can be unsafe, me as a parent don't think it's safe."

Any business that put in an application before the amendment would be grandfathered in.

"In my opinion they need to move it further than a thousand feet, because there is no place for kids to come out and see that," said Weekly.

The ordinance will only effect Paris I.S.D. schools due to their request. Chisum and North Lamar school districts would have to submit resolutions to the city for similar consideration.

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